CH421 - The Continental Reformation
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Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- The major phases and developments in the Continental Reformation identified in the unit content
- The life and thought of selected key figures in the history of the Continental Reformation
Be able to
- Discuss the impact of the social, political, religious and cultural context on Christian beliefs, practices and movements
- Evaluate historical evidence using primary and secondary sources
- Present an analytical evidence-based argument or narrative
Be in a position to
- Inform their theological studies with perspectives from the Continental Reformation
- Apply perspectives from the Continental Reformation to current issues in ministry and the contemporary world
Candidates study six of the following topics:
- Medieval religious and intellectual questioning of the Church; the Avignon Captivity; the Conciliar Movement.
- Political, ecclesiastical, economic and social setting of the Reformation and the Renaissance.
- Martin Luther and the Reformation in Germany.
- Huldrych Zwingli and the Swiss Reformation.
- The Radical Reformation and the Anabaptists.
- John Calvin and the Reformation in Geneva.
- The Counter Reformation; the Jesuits, the Council of Trent.
- Calvinism in France and the Netherlands.
- The study and analysis of selected special texts related to the topic areas above, chosen from the following:
M Luther, Three Treatises of 1520
J Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Bk IV
H Bullinger, Of the Holy Catholic Church B Thompson, Liturgies of the Western Church, chs III–VII
As well as the works listed in General Recommended Readings, the following provide more detailed treatments of sections of this unit.
Dixon, C. S. (ed.), The German Reformation: The Essential Readings (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999).
Lindberg, C., The European Reformations Sourcebook (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000).
McNeill, J. T. (ed.), Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 Vols; London: SCM, 1961).
Cottret, B., Calvin: A Biography (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000).
Dixon, C. S., The Reformation in Germany (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002).
Evans, G. R., John Wyclif: Myth and Reality (Oxford: Lion, 2005).
Gabler, U., Huldrych Zwingli: His Life and Work (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1986).
Hillerbrand, H. J, The Division of Christendom: Christianity in the Sixteenth Century (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007).
Kittelson, J. M., Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and his Career (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003).
Mullett, M., The Catholic Reformation (New York: Routledge, 1999).
Nohl, F., Luther: Biography of a Reformer (St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2003).
Pearse, M., The Great Restoration: The Religious Radicals of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1998).
Reymond, R. L., John Calvin: His Life and Influence (Fearn: Christian Focus, 2004).
Wengert, T. J. (ed.), Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections on theology, ethics, and the church (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004).